In October 2017 production limits and the "out of -quota" production concept will eliminate for the manufacture of biofuel and industrial non-food products.
The current production quota for sugar according to the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which applies to the 28 countries in the bloc, is 13.5 million tons per year.The production capacity of sugar producers in the European bloc is higher than the quota, therefore eliminating production limits will lead to a lowering of prices due to excess supply, similar to what has already happened in the milk market following the elimination of production quotas.
The union of poultry farmers reported an increase of 8% in the first ten months of the year compared to the same period in 2015.
The National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (ANAVIP) recorded an increase in consumption of poultry meat in the country, of up to 87 pounds per person at the end of 2015.The ANAVIP figures also show increased egg consumption, which at the end of 2015 stood at 154 per person, 17 units more than in the previous year.
The proposal to offset part of the drop in arabic production with crops of the robusta variety has not been endorsed by the National Coffee Congress.
Despite the phytosanitary and economic justifications, coffee growers in the National Congressmeeting decided not to repeal the ban on growing robusta in the country which has been in force since 1988.See "Cultivation of robusta coffee in Costa Rica".
An increase has been foreseen in diseases affecting coffee crops in September and October, due to the transition of from severe drought to above normal rainfall.
From a statement issued by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture:
San Jose, September 12, 2016 (IICA).The transition from severe drought to rainfall above normal that occurred between 2014 and 2015 put Central American countries on alert, as they could face a surge in diseases affecting coffee crops, such as rust and 'ojo de gallo' in some areas of the region.
The end of hostilities between the government and guerrillas will enable the cultivation of grain in regions which have been hitherto untapped, which could increase the 2020 harvest to 20 million bags.
The Minister of Finance in Colombia, Mauricio Cardenas said in an article on Swissinfo.ch that"...
The plant belonging to Maseca Group located in the department of Chimaltenango has been expanded to increase monthly production of corn flour by 1750 metric tons.
Prensalibre.com reports that with the expansion of the plant they will now be able to "... process an additional 1,750 metric tons a month, which will be used for the manufacture of cornmeal under the brands Maseca, Tortimasa, and Masarica. The figure is equivalent to the production of 3 million 800 thousand 2 pound packs of Maseca which could make over 119 million tortillas a month. "
The projected 16% drop in orange production in the state of Florida in the 2015-16 season will drive up the international price of fruit concentrate.
The Department of Agriculture reported that orangeproduction in Florida will be reduced by up to 90 million cases in the 2015-2016 season, 16% less than in the previous season, when 96.8 million cases were produced.
The drama over the bulk of exports being primary products without added value is unfolding not only in Nicaragua.
The new president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN), Guillermo Jacoby, has carried out a lucid analysis of the difficulties faced by Nicaraguan exporters in increasing both the volume and the value of its sales abroad, and especially how to make this productive effort sustainable.
In 2012/2013 1,751 hectares were planted but in 2014/2015 the figure was only 1,504, due to the incidence of drought, high production costs and falling international prices.
An article on Prensa.com reports that "... Diomedes Carrasco, producer in the area of La Chorrera, says a lot of farmers have stopped harvesting and exporting due to high production costs and low international prices"... The businessman states that "...The cost of producing one hectare of pineapple went from $28,056 in 2012 to $32,337 dollars in 2015 ".
The ban on Mexican avocado has led to an increase in imports from Chile, raising its wholesale price by more than 30%, and will cause shortages when locally produced supplies have been exhausted.
Protectionism for the Costa Rican production of avocados introduced by the Solis administration, arguing phytosanitary measures, achieved results that benefited local producers, such as increasing the price of the product and a decline in import volumes (13,061 tons in 2013 vs . 11,187 in 2015). But what is good for the local producer, is bad for consumers who are forced to pay more for the fruit, as well as seeing their right to choose what to consume violated, and eventually being prevented from simply consuming anything at all because there is no supply.
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